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post #1 of 10 Old Jan 5th, 2008, 11:06 am Thread Starter
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Wife and I love this bike, thought I would share, just picked it up a week ago, not too many miles done yet, but intend to do a big run across to the east coast soon. How did we ever go without reverse, cruise control and radio etc? it's amazing how far bikes have come. I began riding in 1976 on trail bikes around the south coast of NSW Australia. I have owned from a Yamaha RD125A through to this.

This is my third BMW, first was a 85 K100RT, second was a 98 R1100RT, 1100RT was uncomfortable for the wife.

2007 K1200LT Is just so nimble, once it's rolling, and what a looker.

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Welcome to the asylum, and congrats on the LT!

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post #3 of 10 Old Jan 5th, 2008, 12:15 pm
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I have owned from a Yamaha RD125A through to this.
Welcome and congrats! Just wanted to share that my first bike was a 1974 Yamaha RD250 (purchased used in 1977). A few weeks ago the Solvang Motorcycle Museum had a '75 RD350 - but it had been sold for $2,500. Only had 600+ miles - wish I had seen it sooner!

Anyway - you are both going to love the LT!!

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I began riding in 1976 on trail bikes around the south coast of NSW Australia. I have owned from a Yamaha RD125A through to this.

This is my third BMW, first was a 85 K100RT, second was a 98 R1100RT, 1100RT was uncomfortable for the wife.

Hi Tony and welcome to the forum. I also had a 96 R1100RT and my wife was uncomfortable on long trips. I bought my used 2003LT a couple of months ago and have had many enjoyed comfortable trips since. Wife and I love the LT and hope to do many long tours in the forcoming years.

I see that you were in the South Coast, NSW and have moved to the States. I live and still live on the south coast also (nice place to be).

You will find heaps of info in this forum, all are very helpful. Have a great time with your new LT

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I like the blue... Welcome to the "grown up" side of motorcycling... NOT!

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Thank you all , and Graham, I spent many hours of riding up and down NSW, and out to ACT a lot in my younger years. I can't say I miss the NSW gestapo though .
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Thank you all , and Graham, I spent many hours of riding up and down NSW, and out to ACT a lot in my younger years. I can't say I miss the NSW gestapo though .
Gestapo is even worse now!!. What with Radar Traps, Speed Cameras, Cops hiding in bushes, Now have speed signs in KLM that range from 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 & 110 (maximun speed). Gees we don't know where the hell we are!!. At least before we used to only have 60, 80, 100 & after that no restrictions as long as you could prove that you were in control of the vehicle. All changed now. Cannot even have a radar detector as illegal.

I see some of the US bikers discuss that they travel at speeds of 80 MPH, Cannot do that here!!, so our LT's are normally running at 2000-2500 cruising in 5th gear.

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Welcome Tony. Lots of support and also riding partners if you are into group rides. I am just up the road from you in San Fran. Just back from Chrissy with the folks in Sydney and visiting rellies in Wollongong (my brother is an orthopedic surgeon there) and (as luck would have it, Graham) Albion Park.

I'll be down your way shortly so will PM you for a quick get together. As a first run I suggest a burn up Mt Palomar.

I have 114k miles on my LT now, every one a winner. It is second only to a convertible as a way of seeing the "beautiful country".

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I have 114k miles on my LT now, every one a winner. ....".
Come on, Ralph!, Ride that thing!!! I picked up my bike and had the "600 mile service" done 2 days later... =)

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Welcome Tony. Lots of support and also riding partners if you are into group rides. I am just up the road from you in San Fran. Just back from Chrissy with the folks in Sydney and visiting rellies in Wollongong (my brother is an orthopedic surgeon there) and (as luck would have it, Graham) Albion Park.

I'll be down your way shortly so will PM you for a quick get together. As a first run I suggest a burn up Mt Palomar.

I have 114k miles on my LT now, every one a winner. It is second only to a convertible as a way of seeing the "beautiful country".
One of the things I have been looking forward to again with getting the LT is getting out for rides, of course a week after I get it, worst storms in 30 yrs?. It's amazing how many people got out of Aussie and came here. I belong to the BMWOCSD already, going to be joining the BMWMOA as well.

I don't work anymore, haven't for about 18 yrs so I am now able to get out there, only restriction on the big ride is, has to be after tax time . Graham I have actually only been out of Aussie about 6 yrs, so I am reasonably familiar with current gestapo methods LOL.

California highways are insane after NSW/ACT/Vic/QLD roads. So used to watching the speedo, here it's how fast is everyone going, not that unusual around here to get up to over 80mph with the local CHP still overtaking us happy to see us flowing along.

I am open to taking someone with me over to the east coast once I get over tax time. Wife can't come on that run, work commitments.
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